A flower tea cosy

When a serious coffee addict like me takes up drinking tea, something special is required. Only the finest Tea Cosy can be accepted. I have dreamed about the wonderful English vintage tea cosies for a very long time, over embellished, way too much and irresistible as they are.  I enjoy my version every day, when I have my cup of tea, or just as it stands there on the counter top. I have moved into a whole new category of tea drinkers.

Here is a link to the pattern. I found inspiration to the crocheted flowers in the book   100 Flowers to Knit and Crochet” by Lesley Stanfield. I have used my homedyed BFL for the cosy, and Cascade 220 for the flowers.

Setting Boundaries – and a pattern promotion

Everyone probably has a need to set limits at some point. It may be personal boundaries, or quite specific boundaries. As for instance my neighbor, who needs to fence the entire property in with a two-meter high metal fence. I do not know whether it is to keep the tenants inside, or to keep the neighbors out? But boundaries are also set in the wider sense, such as demarcation problems – how do I defined my topic? Books have been written about it.

Then there are the ones who understand the world through knitting needles. My contribution here is the hat, KT Boundary Hat, which I designed 2 years ago. It is inspired by a quite significant boundary, namely the geological boundary that marks the transition between the Cretaceous and Tertiary. It was at the time dinosaurs became extinct. The boundary is marked by fish clay layer in Stevns, see link.

Inspiration for the hat I got from seismic interpretations. The seismic output is a background consisting of a gray texture, and the geologist to interpret seismic, marks the transition between the geological layers with colorful lines, typically in the basic colors red, green and blue.

The pattern is free throughout the month of October with the purchase of one of my other patterns on Ravelry. Make use of the offer by adding the pattern to your cart and apply the coupon code SettingBoundaries

Oh  -  and the pattern is free for existing customers as well.

Happy knitting!

Knitting Apps for Android

Do you sometimes need to figure out how many yards of yarn you have used for a specific knitting project – for instance for yarn substitution, or if now you want to know how many yards you have left? And if you like me, are not the fastest at doing calculations, you might also appreciate  an  app for your smartphone to  make the calculations for you. Not that the calculations are too complicated, but anyway ….

Now I have finally cracked the code with regard to making apps for Android tablets or phones. I did an attempt about a year ago, but the learning curve was simply too steep, so I gave up and ended up with interactive PDF files for some of my knitting patterns, Dragesjalet and Any Size, Any Gauge Socks. I also did a few “estimators” which sadly has not had the large audience. It is of course much smarter to have the application on a smart phone or tablet. Apps are the way forward.

And then today I got my first little knitting app for Android completed – it will be available in English eventually. It calculates the yardage from information about the weight of a skein of yarn and how many yards there are in a skein. Furthermore, the application can calculate how many yards of yarn that you have used if you type in the weight of the used yarn.

Now while I write, I get ideas for several things the app should be able to do, in order to increase the functionality, and I also have plans to implement several other knitting estimators. Ideas for things that otherwise would be useful, are more than welcome. So far I have the following on my to do list:

  • Gaugeconversion
  • Number of stitches to pick up from a bias edge
  • How to distribute increases/decreases evenly
  • Conversion between metric and US

I am considering whether I will make the apps available in Google’s Play Store at some point.

Edith’s Summer Cardigan

Finally – I have finished knitting the mohair cardigan for Edith. White, light as a feather, with vertical openwork pattern on the fronts. A feminine cardigan for a soon to be three toddler.

The cardigan is worked top down, with set in sleeves worked simultaneously as described by Barbara Walker. The method is closely related to raglan sleeves but in stead of increasing on both bodice and sleeves, increases are only made on the sleeve side.

The resulting sleeve shape is a trapezoid, which is close enough to the shape of an ideal set in sleeve to ensure a good fit. And the finishing is beautiful  all in all very nice, in my opinion.  I have done a review of different methods for knitting set in sleeves, including the contiguous method by Susie Myers, will share my thoughts when I get around to it.

Pattern thoughts -

or the Social-democratic project, anno 1954

It is no coincidence that the ball of yarn on the front of the knitting pattern for this lovely cardigan is red. In fact, the pattern is an election pamphlet published by the Social Democrats for the local elections on March 2, 1954. Most likely to address the the – maybe not so interested in politics – knitting woman. “What thoughts come to mind while knitting?” asked the pamphlet, “For all that is woman’s present and future.” Four tableaux from four stages in women’s lives are outlined for the reader. The young girl “knitting the jumper, that she is sure her boyfriend will like like” – her main concern is to find accommodation that “should not be too expensive, so you should probably try to get an apartment built with support from public funds.” The young mother with children in kindergarten, thinking in particular on her daughter ”Lise, the practical girl (…) even buttons and laces have kindergarten teacher taught her to tie.” The housewife with big kids are first and foremost concerned about the husband’s job, and a possible upcomming economic crisis and unemployment. For the children’s sake, it is important that there is work for their father, “I wonder if they in the Town Hall are going to have jobs ready, when the crisis is coming?” Finally the grandmother who rejoice welfare benefits as hospital and the husband’s age allowance, “and now we really must look into the public senior houses. There we can live with our own furniture and all the wonderful photographs of the children. ”

“The pattern helps you to get your knitting right. But it is up to you yourself to do something about your life pattern. ”

The pattern gives food for thoughts, especially today, where you can wonder what has become of the project of the Social Democrats. In the municipal elections in 1954, it was “a beautiful and smooth pattern” and all the things that can help to “get  a beautiful, lively and smooth-running life pattern that was on the Social Democrats’ agenda. It was “good apartments for young people, for families with children and the elderly, good child care and schools with modern teaching facilities, municipal evening classes, cheap hospital charges,  good management of social laws, sports facilities and full employment. ”

Now, I am going to cast on for the cardigan, and see where my thoughts in a pattern take me, here almost 30 years later.

PS – I found the pattern at a flea market in KB Hallen a few years ago, shortly before the sports hall burned down.

Yarn shopping in Nyborg

I just wanted to give a recommendation of Nyborg, on the island Funen, as yarn-shopping town! Not only is Hjelholts Uldspinderi located nearby, the town is also home to at least three yarn shops located within a few 100 m in the center of Nyborg. Each of the stores is worth a detour, they have wide selections, and friendly and competent service everywhere. Interesting to see how the stores have different profiles, and how they complement each other in terms of the yarn they stock. A nice and pleasant surprise to find so many fine yarn shops in a relatively small town like Nyborg.

 

Handknit

One of my goals is to knit something for my family that they can appreciate and enjoy using. I knit all the time, so ideally they should be dressed in knitted garments from head to toe. I mean,  who else would? Yet have the feeling that I can not really figure out what they appreciate, and even though they are kind and encouraging, I’m afraid I can not live up to the ideal at this point. And then again. When I saw this photo, I realized, that we’re all really heavy users of my knitting!

To the left is a retro-inspired hat, updated with new colors. It is knitted in my favorite yarn,  Peer Gynt from Sandnes, so durable, it will probably last for 100 years. The hat was actually a sample where I made some experiments with different patterns and colors for a baby sweater. I ended up not using the pattern, the orange was just too modern for a sweater. The hat turned out to be quite popular – and it still is.

The knitter flashes two pieces of home knitting! The hat is in fact a cowl, Tuesday Night Cowl, by Susan Lawrence. It is knitted in Cascade 220 Wool, whose primary strength is the many colors it is available in. And it is wonderful to knit in. I love the hat, it is perfect when the hair is set up. The scarf is my Irene shawl, zen-knitting. I used the the most wonderful yarn for it, Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light.

The head band has been popular as well. It is just a simple cable worked as a long strip, and grafted together. A super quick project. Again, most often simple designs can work really well. The head band is worked in Cascade 220 Wool.

 

 

 

Oh, and the yellow hat! You could say it was a random project made in Variant Garn fra Sandnes, that I got at a flea marked for no money. A simplified version of   the Mix and Match Nordic-hat,  designed by Kirsten Spurkland. I brought her The Knitting Man(ual), a while back, a book that contains several excellent basic patterns for men, including this hat. The hat is used frequently, which the knitter is very pleased about. Once more, when the young family members are wearing the hat, it turns into a true fashion statement! More images on Ravelry.

But something is wrong here! This youngster is not wearing any hand knit! In fact he does. A pair of lovely, black finger gloves, knitted in Uldgarn from Netto. They are quite anonymous, and I can’t help thinking that they look like something you could just buy in any store. That doesn’t implicate, that the gloves are not perfect, they are, and they result from numerous experiments to create the perfect gloves with the perfect fit and the perfect thumb. I will write down the pattern at some point.

And in addition, you cannot see all the woolen, hand knit socks we are wearing, the sweaters and huge number of mittens we have in our suitcases. What strikes me, is that the projects we have valued the most, is the simple but pretty design, worked in durable, high quality yarn, not necessarily expensive. We have been using the hats, mittens, scarfs, socks through several winters, and it looks like it will continue to be used. That is just the way I want it to be, I will just go on knitting!